Sally Munro

Sally Munro
My name it is Tom Dixie I’m a blacksmith by my trade,
All in the town of Newry I were bred and born;
From the town of old Belfast as you might plainly know,
And there I fell in love with young Sally Munro.
As sung by Lemmy Brazil, Newent 7 May 1966 with some amendments from Danny and Tom Brazil. (Springthyme 66.5.4). In: Shepheard, Peter. Folk Songs and Ballads of the Brazil Family of Gloucester (1967).

My name it is Tom Dixie I’m a blacksmith by my trade,
All in the town of Newry I were bred and born;
From the town of old Belfast as you might plainly know,
And there I fell in love with young Sally Munro.

I wrote my love a letter and I signed it with my hand,
And I sent it by a comrade I thought to be a friend;
But instead of being a friend to me he proved to me a foe,
For he never gave my letter to young Sally Munro.

He told her ageing mother dear to be aware of me,
For I’d a wife and children in my own country;
“If this is the way, the way,” says she, “with him I’ll never go,
And he never will enjoy himself with Sally Munro.”

Six long months being after, I thought it very queer,
I’d never seen that pretty girl that I loved so dear;
Till last Monday morning as I walked down Sally’s lane,
And who do you think I met was young Sally Munro.

He paid her passage to Belfast as you might plainly know,
And with five hundred to her breast the ship went down below;
There was one number on this ship as you might plainly know,
She’s my bonny Irish lassie they call Sally Munro.

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